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Bill O’Reilly Quotes

William James O Reilly Jr

Bill O’Reilly quotes: poetic words from the political commentator.

“Hard work and discipline lead to success.”

“We are all born with a grab bag of gifts and gaps.  Identify your true talents, then find out how to use them to make money.”

“You can succeed if you get educated and work hard.  Period.”

“Education is all about discipline and motivation.”

“Our past is our key to our future.”

“As the tree is bent, so it will grow.”

“I think the secret to success is a short-term outlook.”

“You either fight active evil or you accept it.  Doing nothing is acceptance.  There is no in-between.”

“At times you have to fight.  No way around it.  At some point, every one of us is confronted with danger or injustice.  How we choose to combat that challenge is often life-defining.  You can face difficulties head-on, or run from them, or ignore them until they consume you.  But no one escapes conflict.  No one.”

“Great leaders take care of their men first, and then worry about their own needs.”

“I believe the highest aspiration of man should be individual freedom and the development of the individual.  That there is a sacredness to individual rights!”

“The most important thing for workers to understand is that you have to make yourself indispensable.  You must make money for your employer or make his life easier, preferably both.  Also, you have to learn as much as you can about your chosen endeavor.”

“Get punctual, bring energy and creativity to your work, and stay with a project until it’s completed… and then double-check the results.  These habits will make you indispensable.”

“The traditional American family has always been the foundation for success in America.”

“America is a place where you can succeed no matter who you are.  I am proof of that.  But you must work very hard and be willing to endure pain.  You must set a goal and win in the marketplace no matter what the air temperature.  You must pay the price for success.”

“Americans despise cowards.  Americans play to win all the time.”

“It is time for us to realize that we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams.  I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do.  I believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.”

“You can’t be a real man if you don’t look out for your kids.  They need you.  Looking back, I clearly understand that seeing a ‘chain of command’ approach in my house was a positive thing for me.  My father provided a strong point of view on life and was a leader.  Boys, especially, need that.”

“The true heroes of America are not the new internet billionaires or the overpaid sports stars and movie actors or the wise guys who jack up their companies’ stocks.  The true heroes of America are the men, women and teenagers who go to work for a modest wage, fulfill their responsibilities to their families and friends, and are kind and generous to others… because that’s the right way to live.  The working people of the United States are the most important ingredient in the enduring American story.”

“The less you want, the happier you’ll be.”

“Every time I am tempted to buy some dopey thing, I hear my late father’s voice: ‘Do you really need that?’  He was big on saving money and buying as much security as possible.  He also encouraged charitable giving.  So, I am responsible with currency.”

“I keep the material things under control, and I banish thoughts of them from my brain.  Besides, I am very busy.  My life doesn’t include window-shopping or paging through mail-order catalogs by the pool or jaunts to compact disc stores or Home Depot.  These are all invitations to spend money unnecessarily.  Greed is the destroyer of success.  You cannot be creatively successful and greedy at the same time.  I’m talking about both material and emotional greed here.”

“I’m pretty busy.  That’s my real message: I work very hard.”

“I’m not the ‘chosen one.’  I’m just one of many who have been given gifts.  I can write.  I can bloviate on TV.  So I’m trying to use the gifts in a positive way.  And I believe that’s all directed.  And that’s why I’m here on the planet.”

“I am who I am: an Irish Catholic kid, working class, from Long Island.  And I made it big.”

“Money has not changed me.  I am living proof.  I’m worse than I was, all right, when I was poor.  I don’t care about money.  Money, you can’t buy me.  And I don’t care about it.”

“I’m a sensationalist.  I’m a big mouth.  I get attention.  In this world you have to.  If you want a mass-market presentation, you have to get attention.”

“My mother’s not a political person.  She just doesn’t want me to be mean.  Sometimes I have to be mean.  It’s like a parent or a teacher.  Sometimes for the good of everybody you have to be a little bit strong, a little bit confrontational.”

“Public misbehavior by the famous is a powerful teaching tool.”

“One of the downsides of being famous is that folks pay far more attention to you than they should.  American celebrities are constantly under surveillance, and every word they say is subject to scrutiny.  So, be careful what you wish for if you desire fame.  No human being should be a goldfish.”

“If I am killed I can die but once, but to live in constant dread is to die over and over again.”

“I mean, a simple man tells the truth.”

“The measure of a decent human being is how he or she treats the defenseless.”

“Most people live their lives as if the end were always years away.  They measure their days in love, laughter, accomplishment, and loss.  There are moments of sunshine and storm.  Yet life can end in less time than it takes to draw one breath.  There are schedules, phone calls, careers, anxieties, joys, exotic trips, favorite foods, romance, shame, and hunger.  A person can be defined by clothing, the smell of his breath, the way she combs her hair, the shape of his torso, or even the company she keeps.  All over the world, children love their parents and yearn for love in return.  They revel in the touch of parental hands on their faces.  And even on the worst of days, each person has dreams about the future—dreams that sometimes come true.  Such is life.”

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